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Young survivors capture life in Tacloban 5 years after Yolanda

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Five years after Super Typhoon Yolanda, we can see stories of recovery through the lens of survivors

MY PLAYMATE. Kim Froilan, 8, trying to catch fish for her family. 6 small fishes were already caught when the photo was taken. Photo by Jhonalyn Dela Rosa

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Don't use sky lanterns during Yolanda commemoration – Greenpeace

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:17 PM

To remember Yolanda with environmental hazards like sky lanterns is 'an act of mindlessness towards nature,' say the Eco Warriors

Philippines marks 5 years since Super Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:48 PM

In Tacloban, the worst-hit city, residents paint gravestones, lay flowers, and light candles at a cemetery in memory of the typhoon dead

REMEMBER. A woman lights a candle at the grave of a relative at a mass grave for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 7, 2018. AFP photo

[OPINION] Yolanda survivors have not forgotten

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Some may have forgotten the monstrous Yolanda, the failure of the government, and the unscrupulous corruption of public officials. But we have not.

Background photo from Agence France-Presse

[OPINION] Remembering Yolanda

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

On the 5th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda, we remember the countless people whose lives were changed forever

THE AFTERMATH. Plastics, debris and wood are scattered along Cancabato Bay in Tacloban city. Photo courtesy of Architect Lou Daniel C. Fuentebella

5 years after Yolanda, 23% of houses for survivors occupied

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Almost half of the 205,128 permanent housing units needed in Yolanda-stricken areas have been built, says Malacañang

The House Committee on Housing visits the NHA housing complex for Yolanda Victims in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photos courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

IN PHOTOS: Tacloban 5 years after Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For those who survived the storm, the intervening years have been filled with painful steps forward, but also, a determination to not give up despite overwhelming challenges

HALF A DECADE AGO. Survivors stand under a shelter surrounded by pile of debris washed inland after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck Tacloban City on November 10, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

From Yolanda to Marawi: What gov't must consider in rehabilitation

Nov 29, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Environmental planners discuss what went wrong in the post-Yolanda rehabilitation which can be avoided in the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City

Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors look back 4 years later

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

On the 4th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), survivors remember what they went through and how it changed them

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 8, 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

Super Typhoon Yolanda: Malacañang declares holiday on Nov 8 for Tacloban

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:37 AM

The non-working holiday is to allow Tacloban residents to commemorate Super Typhoon Yolanda after 4 years

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NHA: Contractor behind 'substandard' housing can't bid for Yolanda projects

Nov 07, 2017 - 2:30 PM

JC Tayag Builders is accused of constructing substandard houses for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

Only 13% of homes allotted for Yolanda survivors are occupied – NHA

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Out of 78,291 houses completed, only 26,256 are occupied; the NHA still needs to build around 119,000 homes to reach its target

WRATH. Destruction caused by the destructive supertyphoon Yolanda. File photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Malacañang on 4th Yolanda anniversary: Rehab delays unacceptable

Nov 06, 2017 - 10:09 PM

President Duterte also promises those responsible for 'subhuman housing' will be prosecuted, says his spokesman

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte huddles with Mayor Cristina Romualdez, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla, Vice-President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor Robredo, and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. after the wreath-laying and candle-lighting ceremony during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Exequiel Supera/Presidential Photo

Ombudsman fines ex-Daanbantayan mayor over Yolanda aid distribution

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Former Daanbantayan, Cebu mayor Augusto Corro initially disqualified residents of a 'no-build zone' from receiving financial aid, but it is later found that their area is not considered a danger zone

YOLANDA FUNDS. The Office of the Ombudsman finds a former mayor of Cebu guilty of simple neglect of duty for unclear guidelines in the qualifications for a financial assistance. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers told: Substandard materials used in post-Yolanda housing

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

A House committee looks into the progress – or lack thereof – of housing projects for Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan survivors

SLOW PACE. Legislators visit a post-Yolanda housing site in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photo courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

Duterte creates task force to speed up Yolanda rehab

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The task force headed by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr is designed to improve coordination between government agencies implementing Yolanda projects

Bring disaster preparedness down to communities – DILG exec

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:35 AM

DILG undersecretary Austere Panadero says it is crucial to bring preparation down to the community and family levels

Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Leyte province has had its share of natural disasters over the years

Duterte: 200,000 Yolanda victims to get free housing

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The decision to award free housing to 205 000 beneficiaries is reached in a National Housing Authority board meeting chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte

HOUSING PROGRAMS. President Rodrigo Duterte is assisted by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evaso, Jr. and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez in awarding housing grants and various livelihood assistance programs to the Typhoon Yolanda-stricken communities in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Gov't eyes 'stronger' disaster management agency to replace NDRRMC

Jan 12, 2017 - 9:56 PM

If Congress approves the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council NDRRMC will be replaced by an independent agency called the Civil Defense Authority CDA

SECOND MEETING. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council holds its second meeting under the Duterte administration on January 12, 2017 in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Toni Zuniga

Bambuhay: How bamboo weaving helped jumpstart a community's recovery from Yolanda

Dec 25, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed the bamboo used by traditional weavers in Busuanga Caritas Philippines launches a livelihood program to revive the local bamboo weaving industry

Duterte taps Wendel Avisado for Yolanda rehabilitation

Dec 17, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Avisado was former Davao City administrator from 2004 to 2010 when Rodrigo Duterte was also mayor

SM, donors build 1,000 houses for families affected by Haiyan

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:26 PM

The project is fully and privately funded by donations coming from SM s lot donors tenants business partners employees and the community

Yolanda survivors hit planned demolition of homes in coastal areas

Nov 17, 2016 - 5:35 PM

They say proposed relocation sites in northern barangays are too far from the city center and have inadequate facilities

Duterte orders fast-tracking of Yolanda shelter aid

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:48 AM

The President says he wants the housing aid for Yolanda victims completed by December

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is joined by Vice-President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor Robredo, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla, and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez as he leads the candle-lighting ceremony during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

At Yolanda anniversary, Duterte teases Robredo about short skirt

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:38 AM

Where she goes I follow She s a widow I m annulled President Duterte says of the Vice President his housing czar to the delight of typhoon survivors in Tacloban

YOLANDA ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte is joined by Vice President Leni Robredo and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

DSWD: 62% of core shelters yet to be built 3 years after Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan says it is shameful that the government has not yet provided these houses promised to typhoon survivors

Robredo eyes completion of Yolanda housing by 2018

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:35 PM

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council reports that only around 4 000 families have occupied permanent housing as of September this year

IN NUMBERS: 3 years after Super Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Three years into recovery and rehabilitation efforts in affected areas what has happened since?

RECOVERY. A wooden motorized boat sails past rebuilt houses that cover the coastline which were destroyed at the height of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 2, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#RescueMarch in Eastern Visayas commemorates Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:54 AM

We learned a lot from Yolanda not just rebuilding lives but rebuilding them better Yolanda provided a benchmark It is the new normal says Office of Civil Defense 8 Regional Director Edgar Posadas

?RESCUERS IN ACTION. Rescuers perform the Mogadishu Walk on their final march to ground zero in Balyuan Grounds, Tacloban City. All photos by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

Water sanitation 'crucial' for new resettlement areas

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:45 PM

An aid group working on post Yolanda rehabilitation project says clean water sanitation is usually overlooked in disaster hit areas

CLEAN WATER. Residents in the island-village of Taloto-an enjoy clean water from the solar filtration system built by Iloilo CODE and Christian Aid. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

What did the UN do for PH? Disaster response, health programs, and more

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The Philippines has been a beneficiary of different United Nations programs for many years especially after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

Poe overtakes Binay, SMC-Telstra deal, Al Gore | 12PM wRap

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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Tacloban against Mar? 'Concocted by rivals'

Jan 22, 2016 - 8:01 PM

LP standard bearer Mar Roxas also dismisses Davao Mayor Rody Duterte s latest tirades against him over his supposed incompetence in the aftermath of Yolanda

MARKET VISIT. Mar Roxas visits the Tacloban City Public Market on Friday, January 22. Photo from Korina Sanchez-Roxas' Facebook page

Poe disqualified, PH unemployment, migrant crisis | 12PM wRap

Dec 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

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The Mayors of Tacloban

Nov 11, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Cristina Gonzales Romualdez and Councilor Neil Glova seek the mayoral post of Tacloban in 2016

Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Typhoon Haiyan, pork barrel scam, Myanmar elections | 12PM wRap

Nov 09, 2015 - 1:38 PM

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IN NUMBERS: Helping farmers, fishers 2 years after Haiyan

Nov 08, 2015 - 8:43 AM

Only 12 of debris affected farmlands have been cleared but the target number of boats to be given to fishermen was exceeded

PICKING UP AFTER. A coconut farmer helps clear up debris in Leyte in 2014. Photo by Crislyn Felisilda/World Vision

IN PHOTOS: The faces of climate change

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:07 PM

In the faces of Yolanda s victims and heroes we see reflected the experiences of all others who face typhoons and other calamities

Binay: Yolanda rehab a 'management disaster'

Nov 07, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED Binay tells typhoon victims Alam ko Dama ko Laki ho ako sa mahirap I know it I feel it I grew up poor

Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Filipino couple finds love, hope among typhoon misery

Nov 07, 2015 - 1:40 PM

Two years after the monster storm devastated the coastal city of Tacloban killing thousands Juvelyn Luana has a new partner a new son and a shack far from the deadly shore

TWO YEARS AFTER. This photo taken on November 2, 2015, shows a young boy looking from a mountain overlooking downtown Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines, ahead of the two-year anniversary of the devastating typhoon Haiyan. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

IN NUMBERS: 2 years after Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Two years after Typhoon Yolanda hit Eastern Visayas and nearby areas what has been done to make sure survivors get back on their feet?

POOR AND HOMELESS. Makeshift tents for poor families that have lost everything due to Super Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by EPA

#TheLeaderIWant: Jericho Petilla and power

Nov 04, 2015 - 1:32 PM

The former energy chief runs for the Senate after his resignation from the Cabinet

Roxas on global threats: West PH Sea, resources, climate change, ISIS

Nov 03, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas talks about global threats the West Philippine Sea and why the Bangsamoro basic law needs to be passed

GLOBAL ISSUES. Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas talks West Philippine Sea, ISIS, and Climate Change with Rappler. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

PH hunger, disaster funds, Myanmar elections | 6PM wRap

Nov 02, 2015 - 7:53 PM

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P385M in donations for disaster victims unused since 2008

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:00 AM

State auditors say the Office of Civil Defense OCD received more than P466 million in donations but has spent only P81 million over the last 7 years

DEVASTATED. COA says millions in donations have yet to reach victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Typhoon-hit Philippine island rebuilding fast: UN

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:59 PM

A UN official says that the Philippines which suffered the wrath of the most powerful storm ever to hit land in 2013 could complete its rebuilding in as little as two years

DANGER ZONE. Months after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan, young people sit in Tacloban sit on one of 10 ships swept inland in this photo shot on 25 Aug 2014. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

Why this 10-year-old feels prepared for the next typhoon

Aug 05, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Felicity Lumongsod has experienced typhoons her entire life But this typhoon season she s more prepared to face disasters

 Jennina Lanza/World Vision